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Fresh, traditional rustic breads July 24, 2007

Filed under: Products & Services, Healthy Eating — apconnect @ 4:38 pm

It really doesn’t get much better than this … BreadHaus is a family-owned, retail bakery specializing in traditional rustic breads. Reading their list of available breads is absolutely tantalizing! “Friggin’ incredible! Try the herbed loaf,” exclaims Moonlady Amy Martin.

“Our hearth breads are baked directly on the oven floor in a deep-deck, European oven and contain no added sugars, fats, dairy or eggs,” report BreadHaus owners. “We make our breads and sweets from scratch using organic flours and grains. The eggs we use in our sweet pastry items come from free-range chickens from a local farmer.”

“We truly care about our environment and the quality of our products,” they add.

BreadHaus is located at 700 W. Dallas Road, Grapevine 76051; (817) 488-5223. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

 

Ginger: Nature’s Medicine Cabinet July 23, 2007

Filed under: Products & Services, Healthy Eating — apconnect @ 10:19 am

By Susan Palmquist

Many consider ginger to be a medicine cabinet all by itself. If you’re not already keeping fresh ginger or even a box of ginger tea in your pantry, next time you visit the store — bring some home. Ginger has been proven to relieve both motion and morning sickness, and can calm an upset stomach when you’ve overindulged. And if you’re getting over the stomach flu, either a cup of ginger tea or glass of ginger ale can have you feeling back to normal in no time.

And it’s not just an upset stomach that can benefit from ginger. Ginger is also loaded with antiviral compounds that fight rhinovirus, a.k.a the common cold. (more…)

 

What Should I Eat, Coach? July 9, 2007

Filed under: Healthy Eating, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 1:55 pm

One year ago, the Wellborn family from Plano needed help. Eleven-year-old Brecken was growing broader faster than he was growing taller and some of the kids at school were beginning to tease. Additionally, the Wellborns suspected that 13-year-old Makenna, a competitive gymnast, needed more protein in her diet to get her through her intense schedule of practices. “We were going through a period of poor eating habits,” recalls mom Pam Wellborn, “and we wanted to nip it in the bud.”

So Wellborn and her kids headed to the Cooper Clinic in Dallas for nutritional coaching. Fast forward one year: Brecken has lost 18 pounds and grown three inches taller, Makenna has added more calcium and carbohydrates to her diet and stabilized her weight and energy needs, and Wellborn has lost weight and gained the satisfaction of seeing her family thrive.

“This is not a diet,” Wellborn explains. “It’s a lifestyle change. And it’s been awesome for all of us.”

Read more at DallasChild magazine.

 

ADHD: The Diet vs. Drug Controversy June 25, 2007

Filed under: Healthy Eating, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 1:47 pm

There may be something to the old saying, “You are what you eat.” Some experts have long questioned whether sugar, chemical additives and fatty foods could be to blame for ADD and ADHD (a more destructive form of ADD), claiming kids are all hyped up, buzzed out on sugar and driven to distraction. Whatever the cause, the sheer number of children being diagnosed with this learning disability is alarming. Estimates range anywhere from 5 million to 20 million in the United States alone. And while many parents and teachers at their wits’ end have been turning to Ritalin and other psychotropic drugs since the late ’80s — some claiming great results — for other parents, Ritalin is not the magic pill, and possible side effects have them pursuing other approaches, trying to figure out the nuances of out-of-whack body chemistry.

Read more at DallasChild magazine.

 

Soy what? June 23, 2007

Filed under: Vegetarian & Vegan Living, Healthy Eating, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 5:47 pm

Soy used to be considered the golden child of nutrition, a food that could fight heart disease, promote stronger bones, reduce the risk of some kinds of cancer and help people lose weight. But suddenly, soy bashing is all over the media. Adding to the confusion, you find soy in just about everything you eat nowadays, plus a whole range of meat and dairy substitutes: soy hot dogs, soy garden burgers, soy cheese, milk and butter, breads made from soy flour, soy power bars, soy “meats” - not to mention vegetarian standbys like tofu, miso and soy sauce.

So who’s right? Is soy safe?

Read more at DallasChild magazine.

 

More ways to eat local

Filed under: Products & Services, Healthy Eating — apconnect @ 5:37 pm

Eat local! It’s healthier for you, the local economy, and the Earth.

LocalHarvest.org has a locator feature to find farmers’ markets, family farms and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats and many other goodies. (more…)

 

The local scoop: Earth, Health and Animal Newsletter June 21, 2007

Green families, listen up: The Dallas/Fort Worth Earth/Health/Animal Newsletter is one green resource you want landing in your mailbox every month! As the name implies, news ranges from eco-happenings and local issues, to holistic and alternative health, to veg lifestyles, to animal compassion. The newsletter lists dozens of local events and resources. Stop by — but make sure you have plenty of time, because this list is a great read!

 

Dallas: Top 10 Fattest American Cities June 15, 2007

Filed under: Healthy Eating, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 5:00 pm

Yes, it’s old news, but it’s still a wake-up call for Dallas parents — and not the sort you might get on a business trip on the morning of a significant meeting, but one that’s weighty nonetheless. Despite the Metroplex’s plethora of fitness clubs, gyms and spas, as well as Texas’ general penchant for sports, for the third year in a row, Dallas is listed in the top 10 fattest cities, according to the February 2004 issue of Men’s Fitness. Moving from 5th place in 2002 to 9th place in 2003, we found ourselves loosening our belts once more in 2004 as we barreled ahead into the not-so-elite top three.

Approximately 61 percent of American adults are overweight and more than 15 percent of 6- to 9-year olds are overweight — a figure that has more than doubled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Enter Texas: 14.2 percent of our students in grades 9-12 are overweight in comparison to the national rate of 10.5 percent, reports Action for Healthy Kids’ Texas State Profile.

Read more at DallasChild.

 

Whole Foods 365 Sesame Tahini Recalled May 25, 2007

Filed under: Healthy Eating, What's Happening — apconnect @ 5:49 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Austin, TX — May 22, 2007 - Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling 365 Organic Everyday Value Sesame
Tahini 16-oz, with a Best By Date of 10/02/07 or earlier because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause
salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious
and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe
headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis. (more…)

 

Should your family go vegetarian? May 20, 2007

Filed under: Vegetarian & Vegan Living, Healthy Eating, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 5:01 pm

Mad Cow, meat and milk afloat with hormones and antibiotics, virulent food-borne illnesses and super-sized junk meals that are causing “diseases of nutritional extravagance” (heart disease, cancer, diabetes). After biting into news like this about meat, your favorite down-and-dirty, fast and healthy chicken breast recipe doesn’t sound quite as mouth-watering.

Mounting evidence points to animal products as less-than-ideal sources of nutrition, and even the most straight-laced organizations tout the virtues of a plant-based diet. Savvy parents are turning to the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle in record numbers. But isn’t vegetarianism imbalanced and extreme? Could it possibly be right for your busy family?

Read more at DallasChild.

 

ADD: Drugs vs. Diet May 15, 2007

Filed under: Healthy Eating, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 5:05 pm

There may be something to the old saying, “You are what you eat.” Some experts have long questioned whether sugar, chemical additives and fatty foods could be to blame for ADD and ADHD (a more destructive form of ADD), claiming kids are all hyped up, buzzed out on sugar and driven to distraction. Whatever the cause, the sheer number of children being diagnosed with this learning disability is alarming. Estimates range anywhere from 5 million to 20 million in the United States alone. And while many parents and teachers at their wits’ end have been turning to Ritalin and other psychotropic drugs since the late ’80s — some claiming great results — for other parents, Ritalin is not the magic pill, and possible side effects have them pursuing other approaches, trying to figure out the nuances of out-of-whack body chemistry.

Read more at DallasChild.

 

Filmmaker searches for honey-using families May 9, 2007

Filed under: Healthy Eating, What's Happening, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 2:45 pm

Brush Fire Films of Dallas is producing a TV documentary on the use of bee products (bee pollen, honey, royal jelly) in health and wellness. If you’ve had a positive experience with the use of bee products, shoot them an e-mail.  Each episode opens with a testimonial — that’s where you come in!

Contact:

Jami Mari Clayman
Production Manager
Brush Fire Films
2727 Inwood Rd
Dallas TX 75235
Phone: 214-350-2676
Fax: 214-352-1427